The combination of a classic variety such as Cabernet Sauvignon with Carignan is not so common to find in the world, yet the result of using a little bit of quality Chilean Carignan in the blend is beautiful.
- The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes come from right near the coast of the Pacific Ocean, and the Carignan is planted a bit more inland to enjoy the warmer weather and bring out the fruitiness of the grapes.
- It’s fruity and refreshing, has a delicate structure built on soft tannins and is a perfect choice if you are looking to try something new!
The only thing ‘petit’ about Irene’s red is the name of the grape. It’s a big, bold beauty that’s full to bursting with dark, juicy cherries and a luxuriously long finish.
- Very few Petit Verdots are bottled in their own right (it’s usually blended into other wines to add oomph). But Irene knew she could make the grape shine on its own. She says "this was an opportunity of a lifetime. Now it's yours to taste!”
- This bold, brooding drop tastes superb now, but it also has fantastic ageing potential. So if you want our advice, grab a pair, drink one now and keep the other for a good 5 years. The wait will be worth it we promise!
- After years under the thumb of corporate wineries Connie managed to break free and, thanks to Angel funding, something rather special has been happening in recent years; growers are now coming to her with their grapes instead of going to the giant wineries that dominate the Chilean wine industry.
- Maule Valley is one of the prime wine areas in Chile for growing top-notch red grapes and, for her first GSM blend, Connie knew old vines would be the best for the job. She harvested day by day to make sure each grape was at its optimum ripeness and then left the wine in plush French oak barrels for a year.
- The result? A rich, fruity red that’s beautifully balanced and boasts a lusciously long finish. Without your support this wine would never have happened so give yourselves a big pat on the back for being a huge part of Connie's success.
Back in 2007 some Petit Verdot vines were planted in the heart of the Maule Valley. All these years later they have developed into gorgeous grapes that really pack a punch and are just screaming to be put centre-stage.
- Edgard obliged and the result is ‘Los Despachos’. It’s bursting with black fruit aromas (think blueberries and blackberries) and a delightful freshness thanks to the coastal influences that mean the grapes have ripened at a leisurely pace. It’s powerful but balanced, fruity but fresh so enjoy today or squirrel it away for a good few years.
- Little fun fact: Petit Verdot is a variety originally from Bordeaux and came to Chile with Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s very rare to find bottles that are 100% Petit Verdot, especially from an area like the Maule Valley where País and Carignan dominate.